Skin Conditions

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offers a natural and effective treatment for many skin conditions.

Joseph Alban has worked to bring the best possible Chinese Medicine therapies for the skin to his New York City Chinese medicine practice. During his postgraduate studies, he trained in a traditional Chinese medicine hospital with a distinguished dermatology department in Hunan, China. Since then, he has completed extensive training with Mazin Al Khafaji, one of the world’s most renown experts in Chinese medicine dermatology.  He is a board member for the International TCM Dermatology Association and the editor and co-author of the e-book An Introduction to Chinese Medicine Dermatology.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been treating skin conditions for over 3000 years and is a natural and effective treatment for many skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, perioral dermatitis, and others.

Chinese medicine works to bring balance to the natural function of the body. Once balance is achieved, the body can heal itself.

Personalized Treatment for Each Patient

The cornerstone of Chinese medicine therapy for the skin is treatment with personalized acupuncture and herbal formulas. In my 15 years of practice I have helped hundreds of patients with skin conditions. My goal as a Chinese medicine practitioner is to understand the disharmony causing the skin problem, and how we can best use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to correct it.  This is done through observing skin symptoms and overall health to paint a picture of the particular disharmony affecting you.

Chinese medicine recognizes not only what skin disease you have, such as eczema, but the qualities of the condition which you, as an individual, are experiencing. This includes the appearance of the skin, onset of the condition, digestion, temperature, body pain, well being, and others.

To correctly treat skin conditions, the herbal ingredients and acupuncture points are tailored to the specific imbalance causing the disease. The power of Chinese medicine therapy for skin conditions lies in assessing each individual’s symptoms to determine the imbalance that lies at the root of the condition. The herbal therapy is tailored specifically to correct the imbalance.

Let’s discuss acne as an example. Acne may be caused by heat or it may be caused by stagnation (among other imbalances). If the acne is caused by heat and dampness, herbs which are cooling and drying would need to be used. For acne caused by stasis, herbs that increase circulation would be required. By correcting the underlying imbalance, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can lead to long term lasting results.